Travel Directions

Arrival by plane

Basel EuroAirport: Just ten minutes’ drive from the city centre and well served by buses, the EuroAirport boasts more than 90 direct flights within Europe, North Africa, Canada and Russia. All other destinations can be reached via intercontinental hubs or nearby Zurich airport.
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is jointly operated by France and Switzerland.

Website EuroAirport

Zurich Airport: Largest airport in Switzerland, with many direct overseas connections. Flying into Zurich may be an option for congress participants from overseas. The airport has a Swiss Railway station (SBB) with direct trains to Basel (ca. 1 h).

When booking a flight to Zurich indicate Basel as your final destination, as this allows you to directly book the railway ticket with the flight.

Website Zurich Airport

Arrival by train

Basel is an important interchange and transport hub and, with its three mainline train stations, offers excellent connections to all Swiss cities and the most important European metropolises. The Swiss Railway station (SBB), the French Railway station (SNCF) and the Badische Bahnhof, operated by German Railway (DB), are all conveniently located in the heart of the city.

Website Swiss Railway

Public Transport in the City

The city of Basel and the surrounding area has an excellent public transport network that is known for its punctuality, short waiting times and modern vehicles.

Website BVB

Mobility Ticket

Every guest who stays in Basel receives a free Mobility Ticket when they check in, as long as their accommodation is officially registered.

The Mobility Ticket enables guests to use public transport in the city of Basel and its surroundings free of charge (zones 10, 11, 13 and 15, including EuroAirport) for the duration of their stay (max. 30 days).

If you are staying in the canton of Basel Land, you can also take advantage of a similar ticket, but this is valid for the regional public transport network.

Visa

Check the official site to see whether you require a visa:

https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/entry-switzerland-residence/visa-requirements-application-form.html 

In case you need a visa for travelling to Switzerland you should apply for your visa as soon as possible.

Confirmation letter for visa applications

If needed, the Organizing Committee assists participants in obtaining visa by issuing an official confirmation letter.

Our official confirmation letter is intended to facilitate the delegate’s travel and visa arrangements only, and does in no way imply the provision of any support, financial or otherwise.

Important: Confirmation letters can only be issued to delegates who have completed his or her registration including payment.

For a confirmation letter, please provide us with your registration, and with a photocopy of your valid passport.

Requests for confirmation letters should be sent, together with required documents, via email to: GA2017@unibas.ch.

Practical Information

Switzerland has a type of power plugs and sockets that differ from European standards.

typ j

Socket: Type J
Voltage: 230 Volt
Frequency: 50 Hz

Typ J sockets are compatible with the two-pole, round-pin Europlug (EN 50075, „CEE 7/16“, 250V/2.5A) that is used in some domestic devices (eg. mobile phones, shavers). For other types of power plugs you need an appropriate adapter.